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Vision Collaboration Festival, New York, January 10 – 12 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 05 January 2008
Katie Martin
Arts for Art will present avantjazz dance and music with improvisation at the 13th annual Vision Collaboration Festival. This creative festival allows for collaborations between innovative dancer/choreographers collaborating with New York’s top musicians thereby shedding new light on the experience of dance. Bringing the arts together moves forward the creativity in music and dance through challenging common expectations. It all takes place at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th St. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door - $15 for students and seniors.

The 13th annual Vision Collaboration Festival will feature the musicians: William Parker, Rob Brown, Lewis Barnes, Leena Conquest, Eri Yamamoto, Hamid Drake, Roy Campbell, Billy Bang, Bryan Carrott, Hill Greene, Zen Matsuura, Charles Gayle, Shanir Blumenkranz, Ryan Sawyer, J.D. Allen, Jake Meginsky, Mavrothi Kontanis, Jim Staley, Jason Kao Hwang, and Todd Nicholson. The festival will aslo feature the following dancers: Katie Martin, Miriam Parker, Patricia Nicholson, K.J. Holmes, Asimina Chremos, Jumaane Taylor, and Sally Silvers. A complete schedule follows.
James Moody joins Terence Blanchard and Benny Green for Nationwide Monterey Jazz Festival Tour PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Friday, 28 December 2007
James Moody
Building on the exciting and unprecedented legacy of fifty years of historic jazz presentation, the Monterey Jazz Festival has announced the nationwide, ten-week, fifty-four date Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour in 2008. Heralded as a meeting of three generations of jazz masters, the 50th Anniversary Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band features the leaders of the past, present and future with Terence Blanchard on trumpet, James Moody on saxophone, Benny Green on piano, Derrick Hodge on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. Vocalist Nnenna Freelon will also be a featured member of the group as they embark on the twenty-two state tour starting in January, 2008. If you can’t come to Monterey, Monterey will come to you! A schedule of the tour follows this article.

Since the 1940s, saxophone master James Moody has serenaded audiences with his signature song "Moody's Mood for Love," an improvisation on the chord progressions of "I'm in the Mood for Love." Whether he’s playing tenor sax, the alto, soprano or flute, Moody does so with the fluidity, resonance and passion that has made him one of the most expressive and enduring figures in modern jazz. A born performer, Moody always engages the audience with his wit and wisdom as well as his woodwind prowess.
2008 Panama Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 18 November 2007

Danilo Perez

Founded by Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, the Panama Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 5th birthday January 21 - 26, 2008 was created in order to exchange cultural experiences between the best musicians in the world and the Panamanian people. Perez’s vision has guided the growth of the festival, which while continuing to bring top tier international artists to perform in ticketed and free events, now has as its inextricable center the need to address music education. According to Pérez, “Each year we have been expanding the educational aspect of the Festival, bringing in more notable musicians as master teachers, additional major educational institutions, growing the audition process, reaching out to the most needy communities in Panama and increasing the amount and kind of scholarships, and the cultural opportunities we are able to make available to the young people of Panama. We now see ourselves as an educational and cultural convention, as opposed to a traditional jazz festival,” he continued, “Of course bringing top American and International talent to perform in the Festival continues to be a very integral and exciting part of what we do. It is the performances, the ticket sales, the government and corporate sponsorship of the Festival that makes it possible to fund our educational agenda.” 
50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, Day Two: From Blues to the Silvery Moon PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Monday, 24 September 2007

James Hunter©John Whiting
It was one of those days that made you vow to attend the Monterey Jazz Festival every September for the rest of your natural life, even if it means bringing your walker. Which plenty of people do.

Saturday is blues day, and we had two chances to hear James Hunter and Otis Taylor: first in the Arena and afterward at the Garden Stage. We chose the up-close-and-personal Garden Stage.

Hunter is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and arranger with an old-school soul man’s scream, rubbery knees, and a wicked wit. Raised in a mobile home in an onion field in Thorrington, formerly a railroad worker and busker, he has won fans including Van Morrison, who calls him “one of the best voices…in British R&B and soul.” Backed by his solid band, he delivered song after song to an audience that wanted to dance and did, including an elegant couple who dipped and twirled as if they were on a ballroom floor.

50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Opens in the Rain PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Saturday, 22 September 2007

Craig Taborn © Pamela Espeland
The first thing you realize about the Monterey Jazz Festival is you can’t see everything. Choose a headliner event at the Jimmy Lyons Stage (Arena) and you’re missing another live music performance you wish you could see at the Garden Stage, Dizzy’s Den, the Night Club/Bill Berry Stage, the Coffee House Gallery, or the new Lyons Lounge dance club venue.

The second thing you realize is you can’t get into everything you want. The golden anniversary of the world’s oldest continuously running jazz festival is drawing big crowds. If you bought an arena package, you have your own seat in the Arena, and that’s guaranteed; if someone else nabs it, he or she will vacate, with apologies, when you approach. Everything else is first-come, first-served, and the lines were already long on Friday, the opening night. If you planned to see the Terence Blanchard Quintet at the Night Club at 11:00 and you weren’t already inside for Geoff Keezer and Jim Hall at 9:30, good luck.

15th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 24 August 2007

Chico Hamilton © Todd Boebel
City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 15th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. For one music-filled weekend in August, Marcus Garvey and Tompkins Square Parks draw jazz lovers from across the region to celebrate the famous saxophonist. The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is set to take place on Saturday, August 25 at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, and Sunday, August 26 at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, in the neighborhoods where Parker lived and worked.

The festival assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect on Parker's musical individuality and genius to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. The 15th Annual festival will offer an extraordinary line-up including legendary vocalist Abbey Lincoln, drummer Chico Hamilton, pianist Marc Cary, vocalist Lezlie Harrison, saxophonist Todd Williams and trumpeter Maurice Brown.

Last seasons’ festival was set to feature Chico Hamilton in celebration of his 85th birthday; unfortunately, an untimely illness cancelled those plans. This year, Hamilton’s drumming will shake up the bandstand on both the Saturday and Sunday programs. Hamilton represents an extraordinary link to jazz history: in the ‘40s he played with up-and-comers like Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus; as a member of Gerry Mulligan’s quartet in the ‘50s, he helped give birth to cool jazz; and with his own quintet in the late ‘50s, he broke racial and stylistic boundaries.

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